By Conveyor Section Movable To Direct Sheets Along Alternate Paths Patents (Class 271/302)
  • Patent number: 10377599
    Abstract: A convey path switching module includes a body and a switching mechanism. The body has first, second and third convey paths. The switching mechanism includes a first switching assembly, a first actuator, a second switching assembly and at least one elastic member. The first actuator drives the first switching assembly to pivotally rotate. The second switching assembly is adapted to pivotally rotate and is restored by an elastic force of the elastic member. By pivotally rotating of the first and second switching assemblies, the switching mechanism is switched to a first state to open the first convey path and close the second and third convey paths, is switched to a second state to open the second convey path and close the first and third convey paths, and is switched to a third state to open the third convey path and close the first and second convey paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Masterwork Automodules Tech Corp. Ltd
    Inventors: Hung-Hsun Chou, Poobalan Subramani, Wen-Hsien Tsai
  • Patent number: 9079736
    Abstract: A wrinkle-reduction system includes two media guiding rollers located in proximity to first and second edges of a media, each media guiding roller having a corresponding roller axis and having one or more grooves formed around its exterior surface. The media travels along a transport path past the media-guiding rollers with a first side of the media facing the exterior surface of the web-guiding rollers. Air sources provide an air flow into the grooves in the media-guiding rollers, the air flow being directed between the first side of the media and the exterior surface of the media-guiding rollers thereby producing a Bernoulli force to draw the media toward the media-guiding rollers. The first roller axis is not parallel to the second roller axis such that when the air sources are activated the media guiding rollers impart a lateral stretching force to the media in the cross-track direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, David James Cornell
  • Patent number: 9016683
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for transporting media items along a transport path. The apparatus comprises a first transport member and a further transport member that selectively apply an urging force to at least one media item to urge said media item along a transport path, wherein in a first mode of operation, the urging force is applied to said media item to transport said media item at least partially along the transport path and, in a further mode of operation, the urging force on said media item is released to allow at least one end region of the media item to move freely along the transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: Matthew Sonnenberg
  • Patent number: 8998206
    Abstract: A medium transport direction switching mechanism may be provided of a simple configuration which is capable of switching the transport direction of a transported information recording medium. One end may be a biasing member for biasing a pinch roller toward a transport roller engages a support shaft which supports the pinch roller, whereas the other end of the biasing member engages a retaining member which retains the support shaft. In the medium transport direction switching mechanism, rotational behavior of the pinch roller centering upon a rotational center of the transport roller is possible between a first facing position and a second facing position, wherein the pinch roller moves to the first facing position when the transport roller rotates positively, and moves to the second facing position when the transport roller rotates negatively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Nidec Sankyo Corporation
    Inventor: Chisato Hiyama
  • Patent number: 8991824
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet conveying apparatus which conveys a sheet, includes: a sheet conveying path which diverges into a first conveying path and a second conveying path at a diverging point; a guide member which is movable between a first position where the guide member guides the sheet to the first conveying path and a second position where the guide member guides the sheet to the second conveying path; a driving portion which is configured to move the guide member to the second position from the first position; and a holding portion which, in a case that the guide member is driven by the driving portion to move to the second position from the first position, provides a load to the driving by the driving portion and holds the guide member at a third position between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8936243
    Abstract: A media diverter system for directing a media sheet traveling along an input media path into either a first media path or a second media path. One or more roller assemblies are provided including a media-guiding roller having one or more grooves formed around the exterior surface, and an air source for selectively providing an air flow into one or more of the grooves, the air flow being directed between the media sheet and the exterior surface of the media-guiding roller thereby producing a Bernoulli force to draw the media sheet toward the media-guiding roller. A controller selectively activates the air source in at least one of the roller assemblies while the corresponding media-guiding roller rotates around its roller axis to draw the media sheet toward the exterior surface of the media-guiding roller, thereby directing the media sheet into either the first media path or a second media path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Christopher M. Muir, David James Cornell, James Alan Katerberg
  • Publication number: 20140339764
    Abstract: A sheet stacking apparatus for stacking a sheet includes a plurality of sheet stacking units, each of which includes a stacking member, a pushing unit, and a drive transmission unit. The plurality of sheet stacking units are lapped over one another in a sheet thickness direction. The stacking member stacks thereon a sheet conveyed by a conveyance member. The pushing unit pushes an edge of a sheet stacked on the stacking member to move the sheet. The drive transmission unit transmits, to the pushing unit, a drive force generated by a drive source for driving the pushing unit. The drive transmission unit is located outside the stacking member in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which the pushing unit moves the sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei Suzuki, Masayoshi Fukatsu, Hiroharu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8876110
    Abstract: One embodiment of a credential manufacturing device comprises a first hopper, a first processing path, a first processing device, a substrate shuttle and a shuttle drive. The first hopper is configured to contain a plurality of card substrates and includes an output port. The first processing device is in the first processing path and is configured to perform a first process on individual card substrates in the first processing path. The substrate shuttle is positioned between the first hopper and the first processing path and is configured to receive individual card substrates from the output port of the first hopper, transport received card substrates along a shuttle path, and deliver received card substrates to the first processing path. The shuttle drive is configured to drive movement of the substrate shuttle along the shuttle path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Assa Abloy AB
    Inventors: Ted M. Hoffman, Philip G. Umberger
  • Patent number: 8876100
    Abstract: Methods and systems output printed items based on a job of instructions from a printing device; cut the printed items into cut items and output the cut items to a first location based on the job of instructions using a patterning device; and pick the cut items from the first location and place the cut items on a first conveyor based on the job of instructions using a robotic arm. The first conveyor is adjacent the first location. Further, methods and systems transport the cut items to a receiving conveyor based on the job of instructions using the first conveyor. The receiving conveyor is adjacent the first conveyor. Also, methods and systems move the receiving conveyor to position the receiving conveyor to receive specific ones of the cut items in corresponding locations based on the job of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K. Herrmann, Derek A. Bryl, Paul N. Richards, Richard Scarlata
  • Patent number: 8840112
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus capable of reading an image from a sheet is provided. A sheet path to eject the sheet after being read may be selectively switched between a first ejection path to eject the sheet to an ejection unit and a second ejection path to eject the sheet on an outlet cover, which is openable/closable to a casing of the image reading apparatus. When the outlet cover is moved to open, a flapper arranged in a branch point between the first ejection path and the second ejection path moved in conjunction with the opening motion of the outlet cover, and the sheet path is switched from the first ejection path to the second ejection path. Further, a plurality of arms in a cover motion detector having a linkage mechanism rotate, and the rotating motions are detectable by a detector switch arranged at a terminal of the linkage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Muneaki Takahata, Yoshinori Osakabe, Hiromi Tanaka, Takuya Naniwa
  • Patent number: 8833767
    Abstract: A document storage device includes a document storage rack, a document distributing apparatus, and a transmitting roller. The document storage rack defines a first storage space and a second storage space. A first protecting door is mounted on the document storage rack to close and lock the first storage space. The second storage space is readily accessible. The document distributing apparatus includes a controlling pole and a first distributing roller connected to the controlling pole. The transmitting roller transmits a document to the first distributing roller. The controlling pole moves the first distributing roller between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the first storage space. In the second position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the second storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Hao Lu
  • Patent number: 8820743
    Abstract: A printing device is provided with a housing, and a card stacker is disposed above the housing. The card stacker stores cards to be placed parallel in a laminate manner. The housing houses a card rotating section, linear card transport path each being disposed below the card stacker, printing section provided below the card transport path, various sensors, and control section. A card storage section is disposed on the most downstream side of the card transport path. The card storage section stores processed cards to overlap in a laminate manner. The card stacker enables the supply number of cards to be increased, and it is possible to increase the height of the card storage section by the card transport path positioning in the upper portion inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Takei, Hiromitsu Tamura, Tsuyoshi Kubota, Daisuke Kaneoya
  • Patent number: 8773678
    Abstract: A media processing device enables conveying media fed from different paths into a common path in a stable conveyance state to the scanning position of a scanner. A check processing device has a path switching member that selectively bridges a back path for conveying checks and a card path to a downstream path, which is a common path. The path switching member changes position and switches the connected paths in conjunction with movement of a shutter that covers the open part of a nozzle cap used to cap the nozzle face of the inkjet head at the back path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sasaki, Nobuhiro Inoue
  • Publication number: 20140131941
    Abstract: A stack state of a plurality of trays is collectively determined and is notified in steps. A printing apparatus includes an image forming unit configured to form an image on a sheet and create a printed material, a plurality of storage units each configured to store the printed material created by the image forming unit, a sorter unit configured to output the printed material to the plurality of storage units, and a determining unit configured to determine whether the plurality of storage units are in a nearly full state in which printed material is stored in almost all of the plurality of storage units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yumi Ikarashi
  • Publication number: 20140049003
    Abstract: A document storage device includes a document storage rack, a document distributing apparatus, and a transmitting roller. The document storage rack defines a first storage space and a second storage space. A first protecting door is mounted on the document storage rack to close and lock the first storage space. The second storage space is readily accessible. The document distributing apparatus includes a controlling pole and a first distributing roller connected to the controlling pole. The transmitting roller transmits a document to the first distributing roller. The controlling pole moves the first distributing roller between a first position and a second position. In the first position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the first storage space. In the second position, the first distributing roller transmits the document into the second storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHIEN-HAO LU
  • Patent number: 8608166
    Abstract: A sheet conveyance control method in an apparatus including a first conveying path for leading a sheet from a feeing port to a discharge port, a second sheet conveying path for leading the sheet to another conveyance destination, and a decoloring processing section configured to decolor an image formed on the sheet includes: detecting the length of the sheet further on a downstream side than the feeding port and further on an upstream side than a branching point of the first and second sheet conveying paths in a sheet conveying direction of the first sheet conveying path; and changing, if the trailing end of the sheet is not detected in a period after the leading end of the sheet is detected and before the leading end of the sheet reaches the branching point, a first flapper to a state in which the sheet is conveyed to the discharge port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ken Iguchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchihashi, Isao Yahata, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Hiroyuki Taguchi, Hiroyuki Taki
  • Patent number: 8602413
    Abstract: An apparatus for diverting incoming printed products is provided. The apparatus includes a roll, a first motor coupled to the roll and a controller coupled to the first motor for controlling the rotation of the roller for diverting printed products along one of two different paths, each path associated with a direction of rotation of the roll. This apparatus may also include a shaft with at least one flipper mounted thereon and a second motor coupled to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Adrian St. Ours, Mark Anthony Wingate, David Elliot Whitten, Jared David Kinson
  • Patent number: 8596637
    Abstract: A sheet conveying device that conveys a sheet discharged from an image forming apparatus. The sheet conveying device includes an air intake fan that takes in external air; an air exhaust fan that discharges internal air; a plurality of branched conveying paths which are branched from a conveying path within a range from a sheet entrance to a sheet exit and for which a passing time of the sheet is approximately the same; a conveyance motor that independently conveys the sheet to each one of the branched conveying paths; a conveying path switching unit that switches among the branched conveying paths; and a conveying path control unit that causes the conveying path switching unit to sequentially switch among the branched conveying paths every time the sheet is input from the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8579287
    Abstract: A media velocity decoupling device is part of a rotary nip diverter assembly and includes a one-way clutch connected to a drive roller of a rotary nip diverter gate. The one-way clutched drive roller allows for realignment of the rotary nip diverter gate during media transfer to a downstream nip while the media is captured in both the rotary nip diverter gate and the downstream nip without media slippage or stretching occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas K Herrmann, Alex Talevski
  • Patent number: 8544842
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheet transport device (1) comprising a first and a second opposing transport units (3, 5), each comprising at least one circulating conveyor belt (15) and one vacuum suction device (9, 11) that is in relation with the conveyor belt, said vacuum suction devices being individually actuatable so as to attract a sheet (19), located between the transport units, to the one or the other conveyor belt. Such a sheet transport device is used, for example, in a printing machine. The invention also relates to a method for transporting a sheet to this sheet transport device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Detlef Schulze-Hagenest, Soenke Dehn, Eckhard Bauer
  • Patent number: 8467074
    Abstract: A method for controlling an apparatus, including a plurality of lockable discharge units configured to discharge a printed product having an image formed thereon based on a received job to any one of the plurality of lockable discharge units, includes managing information about a lockable discharge unit to which the printed product is discharged in association with information about a user, notifying the user to prompt picking up the printed product discharged to the lockable discharge unit based on the managed information, and determining whether a particular user is using the plurality of lockable discharge units based on the managed information, wherein, in a case where the particular user is using the plurality of lockable discharge units, the notification is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Hirose
  • Patent number: 8463173
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: an image forming unit; a first sheet discharging path having a first dischargeable minimum sheet length; a second sheet discharging path having a second dischargeable minimum sheet length that is shorter than the first dischargeable minimum sheet length; a measuring unit that measures a length of the sheet; and a control unit. When the length of the sheet is shorter than the first dischargeable minimum sheet length in a state in which the first sheet discharging path is selected, the control unit is configured to: control the image forming unit to form the image on the measured sheet; convey the measured sheet downstream in a sheet conveying direction from the image forming unit; and stop conveyance of a sheet subsequent to the measured sheet at a position upstream in the sheet conveying direction from the measured sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuya Okano
  • Patent number: 8433234
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing formed with a discharge port, a printing device mounted in the housing, a discharge reverse unit to reversely move paper passing through the printing device, and a discharge unit to convey the paper, moving reversely by the discharge reverse unit, to the discharge port. The discharge reverse unit includes a guide member to guide the paper passing through the printing device to the discharge unit, and a lifting part to lift the guide member up and down. The image forming apparatus can prevent jams in a paper discharge device even when increasing a discharge speed in a discharge path, through which a printed printing medium is discharged in such a state that a printed surface of the printing medium is directed in a down direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Min Jae Kim, Jin Min Chung
  • Patent number: 8417176
    Abstract: A disclosed image forming apparatus includes a main conveyance path configured to convey a recording medium from a paper feeding unit to a sheet discharge unit; a double-side reversing conveyance path configured to switch back a recording medium, one side of which has an image formed, so as to reverse the sides of the recording medium for double-sided image formation; a sheet resending conveyance path configured to resend the recording medium reversed in the double-side reversing conveyance path to the main conveyance path; and a double-side reversing open-space unit configured to provide a space for switching back the recording medium on the double-side reversing conveyance path. The double-side reversing open-space unit also serves as a temporary tray for storing misfed recording media and remaining recording media left inside the image forming apparatus when a jam occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Shoji, Junji Shirakawa, Takayuki Muneyasu
  • Patent number: 8401455
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sheet buffer module and a printing system incorporating the buffer module. The buffer module has parallel first and second sheet transport paths that extend in opposite directions across a frame. Sheet buffer paths connect the first sheet transport path to the second sheet transport path. In operation, a stream of sheets is fed by the first sheet transport path from a multi-color printing module to a monochrome printing module. During this process, selected sheets are diverted from the stream into the sheet buffer paths and held. After processing by the monochrome printing module, the stream is fed by the second sheet transport path back to the multi-color printing module for further processing and/or final output. During this process, the sheet buffer paths feed the buffered sheets into the second sheet transport path such that they are inserted at the proper locations back into the stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Suk Suh
  • Patent number: 8393622
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there are provided systems for conveying a sheet article into an intended pathway. The multi-way gate system for diverting sheets into multiple pathways in a sheet conveying device includes at least three pathways for directing the sheet from the sheet conveying member in a particular direction. A single gate plate is between the sheet conveying member and the pathways. The single gate plate is rotatable about a single axis to direct the sheet exiting the sheet conveying member toward one of the pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Injae Choi, Barry Paul Mandel
  • Patent number: 8371582
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a main body having a side wall in which an opening is formed; a cover for opening and closing the opening; and a guide member for guiding a printed recording sheet, arranged in a position facing to the opening. The guide member is pivotally supported at its lower end portion on the main body. When the cover is being opened and the guide member is pivoted around its lower end portion as a pivot axis so that an upper end portion of the guide member is tilted toward the opened cover and into a lying-back position, a second sheet-output passage is formed which extends from the image forming unit toward the opened cover through the opening. The guide member is movable to a position away from the opened cover when it is in the lying-back position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuji Matsuno, Kazuyoshi Minaminaka
  • Patent number: 8360429
    Abstract: A media transport module is described. The media transport module comprises: an upward transport, a divert transport, and a stacking transport. The upward transport extends from a pick coupling area to a diversion area and is operable to route individual media items from the pick coupling area to the diversion area. The divert transport extends from the diversion area to a diverter port; and the stacking transport extends from the diversion area to a stacking port. A diverter is located at the diversion area and is operable to route media items to either (i) the divert transport, or (ii) the stacking transport, in response to a signal received from a media thickness sensor. A drive gear is provided for receiving rotational motion from an external drive. An electrical connector is also provided for receiving electrical power from an external supply and using the received electrical power to energize the diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Duncan Keith, Gordon Burke
  • Patent number: 8351840
    Abstract: A printing system comprises a paper path architecture for parallel printing using multiple marking engines. The media path configuration enables all the media feed trays to be located in one place, relative to the marking engines. A cross-over module is located between marking engines. The cross-over module can interleave media sheets that are being transported away from a first marking engine with the sheets being transported to the second marking engine. The cross-over module also includes a straight through path that enables media sheets to be transported directly to a finishing device without going through either marking engine. The marking engines include internal duplex loops such that media can be supplied to each engine in alternate groups. A merge module selectively merges the media which can then be further processed in a finishing transition module prior to communication to a finishing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Paul Mandel, Steven Robert Moore, Injae Choi, Stan Alan Spencer
  • Patent number: 8302964
    Abstract: A stacker includes a sheet discharging portion constituted by a discharging belt and an extension roller that is in contact with the discharging belt. The position of the extension roller is changeable along the discharging belt. This means that, in the stacker, the position from which a sheet is discharged is changeable to a desired position in accordance with the sheet length by changing the position of the extension roller. Therefore, it is possible to stack sheets at a desired position on stacker trays, enabling the user to easily carry the stacked sheets from the stacker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yusuke Obuchi, Toshiki Momoka
  • Publication number: 20120273399
    Abstract: A machine to sort documents includes a stacker having a tier of the plurality of pockets and a magazine positioned at one end of the stacker. A first transport and a second transport operably associated with the magazine are configured to carry the documents through the stacker. A method to sort documents includes separating the documents into a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being carried by a first transport through a first end of a stacker, the second portion being carried by a second transport and through a second end of the stacker, and then merging the second portion with the first portion of documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Brent A. Daboub, Gary Culp, Fred Ayala
  • Patent number: 8256769
    Abstract: A sheet discharge roller has a contact portion in contact with a feed roller and a noncontact portion not in contact with the feed roller. The sheet discharge roller includes a kick-out unit having a projected portion and a recess portion on one end of the noncontact portion in the circumferential direction. A reverse roller also has a contact portion in contact with the feed roller and a noncontact portion not in contact with the feed roller. The reverse roller includes a large-diameter portion on its one end in a direction opposite to a direction of the kick-out unit. The large-diameter portion has a diameter larger than a diameter of the contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masafumi Takahira, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Shigeo Nanno, Yasuhide Ohkubo, Ippei Kimura, Mizuna Tanaka, Toshikane Nishii, Haruyuki Honda, Tomoyoshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8240660
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, including: a recording head configured to record an image on a recording medium; a conveying mechanism disposed so as to face the recording head and configured to convey the recording medium in a medium conveyance direction that is horizontal; a maintenance unit disposed, in its standby state, alongside the recording head in the medium conveyance direction and configured to perform maintenance of the recording head; a retaining portion disposed above the recording head and configured to hold and retain the recording medium on which the image has been recorded by the recording head, such that the recording medium is held and retained in a horizontal posture; and a medium receiving portion which is disposed alongside the retaining portion and to which the recording medium on which the image has been recorded by the recording head is discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8220797
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, including: a recording head configured to record an image on a recording medium; a conveying mechanism disposed so as to face the recording head and configured to convey the recording medium in a medium conveyance direction that is substantially horizontal; a retaining portion disposed configured to hold and retain the recording medium on which the image has been recorded by the recording head, such that the recording medium is held and retained in a substantially horizontal posture; and a medium receiving portion to which the recording medium on which the image has been recorded by the recording head is discharged, wherein the recording head, the retaining portion, and the medium receiving portion are arranged in a vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Yamamoto, Kiyoshi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8205883
    Abstract: A transport path switching unit is provided between transport rollers and pre-registration rollers, and control is performed to switch between a main transport path and an extended transport path of the transport path switching unit such that either the main transport path or the extended transport path is interposed as the part of the paper transport path between the transport rollers and the pre-registration rollers to vary a total length of the paper transport path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiko Fujita, Tadasu Taniguchi, Masaharu Kimura, Yasuaki Fukada, Masaya Asakawa, Yasuhiro Takai, Norichika Katsura, Masatsugu Ohishi
  • Patent number: 8196926
    Abstract: An apparatus for diverting incoming printed products which includes a shaft, at least one first flipper mounted in a first fixed direction on the shaft, a motor coupled to the shaft; and a controller coupled to the motor for controlling positioning of the shaft to allowing printed products to be diverted along different paths associated with a particular shaft position. The apparatus further includes a low inertia coupler interconnected between the motor and the shaft. Alternatively, the apparatus includes a roll, a first motor coupled to the roll and a controller coupled to the first motor for controlling the rotation of the roller for diverting printed products along one of two different paths, each path associated with a direction of rotation of the roll. This alternative apparatus may also include a shaft with at least one flipper mounted thereon and a second motor coupled to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Adrian St. Ours, Mark Anthony Wingate, David Elliot Whitten, Jared David Kinson
  • Patent number: 8181951
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus allowing a printing section inside of a casing to print paper and discharging the printed paper from the casing through a discharge port of the casing includes a discharge tray configured such that the position thereof is switchable from a placement position for covering the surface of a feeding belt and receiving the paper discharged from the casing to an exposure position for exposing the surface of the feeding belt, and vice versa, wherein a surface of the discharge tray has a coefficient of friction lower than the surface of the feeding belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazushi Betto, Seiji Minamiyama
  • Patent number: 8146919
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus, a document supply device thereof and methods thereof may reduce a scanning operation time. A document supply device may include a holding position (e.g., internal) for a following document such that a scanning time between documents may be reduced. The document supply device may include a main feed path to guide an introduced document, a simplex path coupled to the main feed path and to guide the document fed through the main feed path to the scanning window to scan one document surface (e.g., first surface), a duplex path to guide the document having passed the scanning window to the simplex path to scan the other document surface (e.g., second surface), an auxiliary supply path coupled to the main feed path and the simplex path where the document fed through the main feed path temporarily stands by before being fed to the scanning window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Sik Won
  • Patent number: 8141873
    Abstract: A device for diverting printed products is provided. The device includes a first rotating support having a first pad mounted thereon, a second rotating support having a second pad mounted thereon, a third rotating support having a third pad mounted thereon and a fourth rotating support having a fourth pad mounted thereon. The first pad has a different thickness than the second pad and the first and second rotating supports rotate together. The third pad has a different thickness than the fourth pad and the third and fourth rotating supports rotate together. A method for diverting printed products is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Goss International Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Adrian St. Ours, Kevin Lauren Cote, Lothar John Schroeder
  • Patent number: 8128088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheet buffering and inverting device having a sheet transport path and multiple sheet inverter paths extending upward and/or downward there from. Sheets being transported through the sheet transport path are selectively diverted into the sheet inverter paths, held, and subsequently fed back into the sheet transport path such that they are inverted. Optionally, an additional sheet transport path can branch off the sheet transport path upstream of the sheet inverter paths and can connect to the distal end of each of the sheet inverter paths to allow sheets to be buffered without being inverted. This device can be incorporated into a discrete module of a modular printing system to ensure sheets are properly merged and oriented after processing by multiple printing engines. Alternatively, it can be incorporated into a standalone printing system to ensure sheets are properly buffered and/or inverted prior to processing by a single printing engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Eun Suk Suh, Henry T. Bober
  • Patent number: 8113514
    Abstract: A moving unit includes first and second transportation paths that can selectively link to main transportation path of a recording sheet, a first roller arranged between the first and the second transportation paths, second and third rollers capable of making contact with the first roller across the first and the second transportation paths, respectively. When the moving unit moves to a position at which the first transportation path or the second transportation path is linked to the main transportation path, a mechanism varies a pressing force of the second roller or the third roller with respect to the first roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Sekino, Junji Shirakawa, Yutaka Shoji, Takayuki Muneyasu
  • Patent number: 8113500
    Abstract: A duplex automatic document feeder includes first, second, third, and fourth paths, an ejecting path, a scanning module, first and second reversing roller units, a feeding tray, and an ejecting tray. A document is moved from the feeding tray to the scanning module for scanning of a first side surface thereof. Subsequently, the document is moved along a second-side scanning path defined by the first reversing roller unit, the third path, a portion of the first path, the fourth path, and the first reversing roller unit to allow for scanning of a second side surface thereof. After the first and second side surfaces are scanned, the document is moved along a document-inverting path defined by the second reversing roller unit, a portion of the fourth path, the ejecting path, a portion of the second path, the first reversing roller unit, and the ejecting tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Chen-Tsai Tsai, Keng-Wei Shih, Hsuan-Yang Lin
  • Publication number: 20120018948
    Abstract: A post-processing apparatus including: a conveyance unit which conveys a sheet, having been carried-in, to a selected conveying destination among a plurality of conveying destinations; a stiffness imparting unit which imparts stiffness to the sheet being conveyed by the conveyance unit; and a control section which controls the stiffness imparting by the stiffness imparting unit, wherein the control section controls whether to impart or not to impart stiffness to the sheet, according to the selected conveying destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Keisuke OSHIMA, Naoki Matsui
  • Patent number: 8098391
    Abstract: An automated document processing system is disclosed. The system includes a magnetic character reader located along a path of travel of a document. The system also includes a first image scanner located after the magnetic character reader along the path of travel, the first image scanner configured to capture an image of a first side of the document. The system further includes an endorser located after the magnetic character reader along the path of travel, where the endorser is configured to print an endorsement on at least one side of the document. The system also includes a second image scanner located after the endorser along the path of travel, the second image scanner configured to capture an image of the at least one side of the document endorsed by the endorser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael John Kiplinger, David Brian Tratar, Michael A. Saunders, Michael James Spall, Johan P. Bakker, Paul John McCarthy, Gary Benton Copenhaver
  • Patent number: 8095063
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having an improved structure to enable a user to conveniently operate the image forming apparatus at a front of the image forming apparatus, and a method thereof. The image forming apparatus includes a main body formed with a discharge port at a front portion, a printing unit mounted inside the main body and disposed adjacent to a front panel of the main body, a feeding unit to feed paper printed by the printing unit toward a rear panel of the main body, and a discharge reversal unit to reverse a moving direction of the paper fed by the feeding unit to feed the paper to the discharge port. A sensor to detect a moving position of the paper and a paper guide guiding movement of the paper is mounted between the feeding unit and the discharge reversal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: SAMSUNG Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung Sun Ahn, Jin Min Chung, Jin Soo Lee, Min Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 8066284
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there are provided systems for conveying a sheet article into an intended pathway. The multi-way gate system for diverting sheets into multiple pathways in a sheet conveying device includes at least three pathways for directing the sheet from the sheet conveying member in a particular direction. A single gate plate is between the sheet conveying member and the pathways. The single gate plate is rotatable about a single axis to direct the sheet exiting the sheet conveying member toward one of the pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Injae Choi, Barry Paul Mandel
  • Publication number: 20110156335
    Abstract: A conveying direction-switching device is formed by direction-changing drums each having the same hollow cylindrical shape having a length corresponding to a lateral width of paper money bills to be conveyed. The direction-changing drum has first to fourth openings arranged in the outer periphery thereof, in a manner spaced from each other by a rotational angle of 90 degrees, and the rotational angle position thereof is controlled to be a predetermined phase angle. Inside the direction-changing drum, the first opening and the fourth opening are connected by a paper money guide forming a first curved passage, the second opening and the fourth opening are connected by a paper money guide forming a straight passage, and the third opening and the fourth opening are connected by a paper money guide forming a second curved passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Applicant: FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kagoshima, Hiroshi Yanagida, Ryosuke Ebinuma
  • Patent number: 7967290
    Abstract: In an image transferring apparatus of the invention, a relay unit, which is provided in a main body frame and includes a conveyance switching mechanism to eject a sheet on which an image is fixed by a fixing section to a sheet ejection section or to switch back the sheet in the middle of ejection, can be pulled out, and a automatic duplex unit to guide the switched back sheet to an image forming section is mounted to the main body frame to be capable of being detached. An intermediate unit to guide the sheet switched back by the relay unit, together with the fixing section, is fixed and placed in the main body frame. The intermediate unit is provided with a guide member to be capable of being opened and closed between a guide position for the switched back sheet and an open position opposite to the guide position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazumasa Yasui, Yousuke Ushiyama, Tetsuo Shiba
  • Patent number: 7946582
    Abstract: Disclosed are a multi-sheet buffer module and a modular printing system incorporating the buffer module. The buffer module includes a primary sheet transport path that extends horizontally across a frame. Vertical buffer paths extend downward and upward from the primary sheet transport path. Each buffer path connects to a secondary sheet transport path, which provides a loop back connection to the primary sheet transport path. As a stream of sheets moves along the primary sheet transport path, sheets printed out of order will be selectively diverted into the sheet buffer paths. Then, at the proper moment, the sheet buffer paths will feed the buffered sheets into the secondary sheet transport path(s), which will transport them to the primary sheet transport path, such that they are inserted at the proper locations back into the stream of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Eun Suk Suh
  • Publication number: 20110089627
    Abstract: According to aspects illustrated herein, there are provided systems for conveying a sheet article into an intended pathway. The multi-way gate system for diverting sheets into multiple pathways in a sheet conveying device includes at least three pathways for directing the sheet from the sheet conveying member in a particular direction. A single gate plate is between the sheet conveying member and the pathways. The single gate plate is rotatable about a single axis to direct the sheet exiting the sheet conveying member toward one of the pathways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Injae Choi, Barry Paul Mandel